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A Guide to Mushrooms

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Acorn Baby Bella
Bulbous cap with light tan exterior and firm texture. Mild, yet more concentrated, flavor than white mushrooms. A flavorful substitute for white mushrooms. Eat raw on salads or sauté for pizza, pasta, quesadillas, or cheeseburgers.
Cara CaraButtercup Chanterelle Trumpet shaped with an orange or yellow exterior and meaty flesh. Fruity smell and mild peppery taste. Sauté in butter with a touch of salt and pepper for egg dishes.
Butternut Enoki Long, spindly stems with small, button-shaped caps. Crunchy texture and mild flavor. Before using, trim roots at cluster base and separate stems. Eat raw in salads and sandwiches or use in soups.
Delicata Morel Elongated cap with a honeycomblike appearance. Uniquely nutty and meaty flavor. Always cook morels. Sauté with butter to bring out the subtle, treasured character. Excellent for light cream and wine sauces.
Hubbard Oyster
Oyster-shaped cap with a gray, pale yellow, or sometimes blue velvety exterior. Delicate, mild flavor. Trim ends flush with caps and add to recipes toward the end of cooking to preserve flavor and appearance. Excellent in egg dishes.
Kobocha Porcini Bulbous stem with brown caps and a meat-like texture. Earthy, nutty flavor unequaled among other mushrooms. Sauté and serve with fresh olive oil and parsley or stew with tomatoes. Also ideal as base of a pasta sauce or bruschetta topping.
Spaghetti Portobello

A larger relative of the Baby Bella with tan or brown caps that measure up to six inches in diameter. Deep, meat-like flavor.

Grill, broil, or roast and serve as appetizer, entrée, or side dish.
Sweet Dumpling Shiitake
Curved stems with tan or dark brown umbrella-shaped caps. Earthy, smoky flavor with meaty texture and slightly chewy bite. Before using, remove stems. Use in omelets, soups, stir-fry, and meat dishes.
Pie Pumpkin White

White bulbous cap with a mild flavor that intensifies when cooked.

Eat raw on salads or sauté for pizza, pasta, quesadillas, or cheeseburgers.

SOURCE: Lunds and Byerly's Culinary Experts